Thursday, November 27, 2014

prayer diary Thursday 27 November 2014

'Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory.' 
Luke 21. 27

Christ will come again to judge the living and the dead. Ponder that this Advent, rather than treating it as a party season instead of a penitential one.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

prayer diary Wednesday 26 November 2014

'They will arrest you & persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues & prisons, & you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name.' 
Luke 21.13

Christ warned his followers that their lives would be dangerous and difficult for his sake. Perhaps that means we should wonder when our own lives are too comfortable.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

prayer diary Tuesday 25 November 2014

And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.' 
Luke 21.8

Christ warned us that we would not know when he would come again. Wait for that day patiently, living as if it might be tomorrow, according to the way that he taught.

Monday, November 24, 2014

prayer diary Monday 24 November 2014

‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them; for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.’ 
Luke 21. 3-4

Christian giving is about more than giving what we hardly notice or can easily spare. It involves self-denial and sacrifice. In Christian giving one can see the Cross.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

the sheep and the goats

For today's sermon I essentially did an extemporaneous version of the story 'the visitor' which I told to the children in school on Friday (& which I already posted here).  Sometimes it is appropriate to tell a story ... people listen to stories and they remember them (& they work very well at Family/children's services!). 

Spoiler alert - stop reading here if you don't want to know the passage of Scripture the story is based on before you read the story - it might give away the 'twist' at the end!

The Visitor is, of course, based on the parable of the Sheep and the Goats ... although I should mention that one of my training rector's, a man who opinion I value highly, told me that he thought it incorrect to consider it a parable. Instead he viewed it as a prophetic utterance of our Lord's describing accurately what it would be like at the end of days. Which are, I think, a couple of sentences that are a sermon in themselves. 

Examin 22 November 2014

We all face temptations to do things we know to be contrary to God's will; and we face trials and tribulations about which we are powerless to do anything. Pray for the strength to resist temptation and to endure trials without resentment or despair. Focus on being faithful in this life so as to lay up treasure in the next. And when you fail, do not neglect to ask God's forgiveness for those failings and for his grace to help you continue in your struggle to grow in holiness.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

prayer diary Saturday 22 November 2014

'He is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.’ 
Luke 19. 38

Our Lord was quite clear that death means passing from this life to the next. Live this life with that hope always before you; and let Christ's promise of eternal life guide all your actions.